State of War An endless festival amidst an endless war is the central image of this stunning novel about the Philippines of the Marcos era a time of brutality treachery and betrayed passion As the novel opens
An endless festival amidst an endless war is the central image of this stunning novel about the Philippines of the Marcos era, a time of brutality, treachery, and betrayed passion.As the novel opens, our focus, in the Book of Acts, is on three young people Eliza Hansen, Adrian Banyaga, and Anna Villaverde as they arrive on the island of K_____ for the annual festival AdriAn endless festival amidst an endless war is the central image of this stunning novel about the Philippines of the Marcos era, a time of brutality, treachery, and betrayed passion.As the novel opens, our focus, in the Book of Acts, is on three young people Eliza Hansen, Adrian Banyaga, and Anna Villaverde as they arrive on the island of K_____ for the annual festival Adrian is rich, innocent, handsome the son of a leading family Anna has been widowed in the rebel struggle and was herself detained and tortured by the military Eliza, the beautiful daughter of a courtesan, is now the object of the perverted desires of the depraved Colonel Amor, Anna s tormentor.As the heat of the carnival brio rises, so do intimations of revolution, for somewhere in the jungle the rebel leader Guevara is plotting a terrorist act a bomb will be placed at the speakers stand timed to explode when the governor appears Anna makes contact with the rebels, while Eliza plots to kill Amor for what he has done to her friend And Adrian is captured and drugged by the colonel.As the tension builds, the novel moves back in time, in the Book of Numbers, on a headlong, magical, sometimes hallucinatory reprise of Filipino history and the history of the families of the three young people We learn of the Japanese atrocities, Filipino greed and treachery, American coldness and venality We learn how Adrian s fortune was made, how Anna became the strange and silent thinker she is, how Eliza is distantly related by European blood to Anna And we meet characters whose literally fabulous a woman who forces icons to respond prayers, a distillery owner who is also master of forty two ways of self indulgence, a self contained maid who determines her master s fat, a boy who falls in love with saxophone, a teenage Chinese girl with bound feet who dreams of the return of the Manchu Dynasty, a German chemist unable to brew beerFinally, in the Book of Revelations, we reawaken to the present once again we are at the festival on K_____, about to witness the novel s shattering conclusion, its terrifying finale.Like Isabel Allende s The House of The Spirits, Ninotchka Rosca s novel is both a work of art and a powerful illumination of an entire culture and a country in conflict Her achievement is timeless as well as masterful.
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State of War By Ninotchka Rosca 379 Ninotchka Rosca
Title: State of War By Ninotchka Rosca